The Guild is excited to announce its inaugural Malt Cup, a competition designed to recognize the Craft Maltsters Guild members who exemplify the Guild’s mission of upholding the highest quality standards for maltsters as well as provide practical malt sensory training.

The Malt Cup will also provide brewer and other malt customers with a recognized, credible malt flavor quality mark.


Any Member Malthouse or Allied Trade malthouse in good standing may enter the 2019 Malt Cup. Malthouses will send one pound of malt to Montana State University.

The 2019 Malt Cup will be limited to 20 entries total. Each Craft Maltsters Guild member may only submit one entry. Malt submissions must be commercially available product and may not be a pilot or one-off malt.

The malt category will be Pale Malt.  Pale malt entries should fall within the following style guidelines, taken from Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse by John Mallet:

Color Range: 1.6-2.8 SRM

Description: Pale Malt is a generic term covering a broad class of light-colored base malts. “Pale” malt has moderate modification and enzyme potential. The term “lager malt” may also be used to describe these malts. In comparison to Pilsner, pale exhibits a deeper malt flavor.

The window for entries will be Monday, December 3rd through Friday, December 14th, 2018.


Judging will take place on Friday, February 1st, 2019. Judges will evaluate hot steep samples and complete score shoots that contain their sensory evaluations of the entry and how those aspects relate to the guidelines as well as provide constructive feedback for each entry. All entrants will receive copies of their scoresheets. Judges will assign a numerical score based on how well the judges feel each sample fits within the guidelines.

Judging will be blind. Competition staff volunteers will prepare hot steep samples for judges. Staff may not serve as judges to ensure anonymity of entries and objectivity of the judging process.

Awards will be given for first, second, and third places. Honorable mentions and other accolades may be awarded at the judges’ discretion. Winners will be announced at the 2019 Craft Malt Conference dinner on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019.

As an additional benefit, the Montana State University Malt Quality Lab will conduct complimentary malt analysis on each entry and privately provide analysis to each entrant.

Learn more about the 2019 Craft Malt Conference here.